The two Republicans from Gig Harbor who challenged Rep. Norm Dicks last year, attorney Doug Cloud and business technology consultant Jesse Young of Gig Harbor, will return to try again for what is now an open seat.
They’re joined by at least one other announced candidate, Bob Sauerwein of Port Orchard, who says on his website he works in the insurance industry.
Republican strategists will be looking for a more well-known candidate such as Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard, who said she hasn’t yet had time to think about running. She’s busy at the Legislature, Angel said.
Angel was a real estate agent and Kitsap County commissioner before her election to the House in 2008.
“The right Republican certainly can” win the seat, she said. “We’ll see where it goes from here … We will work on that at a later date as soon as we can get a budget that’s hopefully balanced.”
Cloud announced he’s running on his Facebook page today. Young released a statement that thanks Dicks for his service and says:
… I look forward to sharing our plans for effective job growth and fiscal responsibility within the district and in our nation’s capital. I am also excited to engage the people of this wonderful district and share my vision for how we can position ourselves to be at the forefront of economic recovery and prosperity.